Retrieved from ” https: Monster Sound MX was advertised as being one of the first sound cards with hardware MP3 decoding acceleration. A special BIOS patch was released by Diamond for the Stealth II S which brought its clock speed up to the same level as the high-end Verite V chip, resulting in equal performance at a significantly lower price. It was also somewhat complicated to make use of the MP3 acceleration because special software was needed to use it. The numbering scheme confused many people since Diamond just renamed current cards with new names. The MX was the last of the Monster Sound cards. The Monster3D line was based on 3dfx Voodoo Graphics and Voodoo2 chips which did not contain a 2D engine, requiring a separate VGA card connected externally using a pass-through cable.
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The brand has a lineage going back to Supra, Inc. This article needs additional citations for verification. The company was the defendant in a significant copyright case for its Rio digital music playerwhich the Recording Industry Association of America claimed infringed copyrights; the Ninth Circuit deemed it to be a fair usehowever, in RIAA v. In the middle of the Stealth line-up, Diamond chose to implement a numbering scheme to differentiate their cards.
Diamond altered the PCB reference design and labeld their device VFX series professional workstation graphics card. Unfortunately the chip itself was not fully functional and the drivers were very buggy.
However, the first major product after the merger, branded as the S3 Savagewas a commercial failure. Initially the Stealth line was Diamond’s high-end brand but transitioned to midrange after the Viper line was introduced. Diamond instead used ESS’s less powerful chips to continue the line. The drivers and player software for these are not compatible with the DVD and Diamond Viper Resource Pageaccessed March The MX was the last of the Monster Sound cards.
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When the 3D engine was called into use, the 3dfx-based card would disconnect the 2D pass-through staelth and begin driving the display directly. They were one of the major players in the 2D and early 3D graphics card competition duamond the s and early s. Retrieved from ” https: This page was last edited on 8 Novemberat Limited and slow Direct3D-supporting drivers did eventually show up, but performance was inadequate and buggy.
Huh, who acted as the technical designer. Diamond Multimedia is an American company that specializes in many forms of multimedia technology.
The Vortex2-equipped MX was a superior card for 3D audio. The series was highly successful as the Voodoo Graphics and Voodoo2 chipsets introduced consumer-grade 3D graphics into the PC and arcade markets, whereas diamodn capabilities had previously been present primarily in very high-end CAD and graphic design workstations.
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Windows 98 or 98SE is not recommended due to problems that may happen with video color and alignment. Otherwise it was technically identical to the original Monster Sound. Diamond XtremeSound is the first sound card line launched after the company’s restructuring in It was a substantial step forward in gaming audio, with impressive 3D audio positioning and other effects.
The line later included chipsets with combined 2D and 3D capabilities. Portable audio player manufacturers Electronics companies of the United States Manufacturing companies based in California Companies based in Los Angeles Graphics hardware companies.
However, as Microsoft Windows gained market share and newer graphics products entered the market, it was later relegated to the cheaper, value-oriented products and the SpeedStar branding was expanded to other products.
The numbering scheme confused many people since Diamond just renamed current cards with new names.
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Diamond Multimedia resurfaced in after the brand and assets had been purchased by Best Data. The original Monster Sound card was distinct in this regard, but also controversial because it possessed poor DOS game compatibility [ citation needed ] which was still critical at the time.
The audio engine further received poor reviews regarding MIDI quality, which was a common standard for multimedia music playback at the time. Still the lineup consisted of several capable cards.